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by Arthur Edward Waite

  • ISBN: 116258484X
  • Category: New Age and Spirituality
  • Subcategory: Spirituality
  • Author: Arthur Edward Waite
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
  • Pages: 344
  • ePub book: 1949 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1474 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
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The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is A. E. Waite's guide to divinatory tarot, published in England in 1911 in conjunction with the Rider-Waite-Smith deck

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is A. Waite's guide to divinatory tarot, published in England in 1911 in conjunction with the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. The book (which Waite himself called "a monograph") consists of three parts.

Arthur Edward Waite was born on October 2, 1857 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. He became a Freemason in 1901, and entered the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1902

I do believe, though, that "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot" should be a part of every student's study because it is the initial reference to the . This book is THE reference for AE Waite's development of the modern standard tarot deck

I do believe, though, that "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot" should be a part of every student's study because it is the initial reference to the RWS Tarot. If you have begun to study Tarot and have, perhaps, worked through the "Little White Book" ("LWB") or other very basic book or pamphlet, and you want to know what some of the symbols used in the images might mean, then this is a good, basic reference. This book is THE reference for AE Waite's development of the modern standard tarot deck. You will gain insight into much of the symbolism he included in the deck. It's worth having in your library, but it is not a book for beginners.

This pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the world's most popular 78-card Rider-Waite tarot deck, along with .

This pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the world's most popular 78-card Rider-Waite tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings. It is an overview of the symbolism of the tarot as Waite sees it and of its history up to the book's release (1911).

As such, this book may address topics in a way that expects the reader to already have some prior grasp of certain aspects of the material.

By Arthur Edward Waite. Illustrations By Pamela Colman Smith

By Arthur Edward Waite. Illustrations By Pamela Colman Smith. Although there were many Tarot decks prior to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and many after, none has gripped the popular imagination as much as this set. Waite covers the significance and deeper implications of each card, and gives practical instructions as to how to conduct a reading. The symbolism of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is based on profound occult studies by Waite, and his exposition in this book of its use and meaning is unexcelled. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the Tarot.

It seems rather of necessity than predilection in the sense of apologia that I should put on record in the first place a plain statement of my personal position, as one who for many years of literary life has been.

It seems rather of necessity than predilection in the sense of apologia that I should put on record in the first place a plain statement of my personal position, as one who for many years of literary life has been, subject to his spiritual and other limitations, an exponent of the higher mystic schools. It will be thought that I am acting strangely in concerning myself at this day with what appears at first sight and simply a well-known method of fortune-telling.

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The pictorial key to the tarot. By arthur edward waite. Being fragments of a secret tradition under the veil of divination. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot By Arthur Edward Waite.

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Fearlesssinger Fearlesssinger
This is perhaps one of the most historically important texts on the Rider-Waite-Coleman Tarot deck ever written - because it was written by the man who designed the cards. However, as with many "historical" documents, it is problematic. Some historical context is needed to appreciate this book. Waite was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a "secret" society dedicated to the preservation of occult knowledge. It held the belief that only people who had been members and studied for many years would be "elevated" enough to be able to receive the most inner teachings, among those teachings, the "full" meaning of the Tarot cards. When this book was written in 1911, "public" knowledge of the Tarot had just started to grow, and there were many "charlatans" who were using the cards for dubious reasons. To a large extent, this book was written to denounce all of the "spurious" meanings that had become associated with the cards. Unfortunately, because so much of the "real" meanings were limited to those who had advanced in the Order, Waite is not very open in sharing those meanings with "outsiders". The result is that you get a lot of what the cards AREN'T, but not very much of what the cards ARE.

What you do get is a fairly detailed history of the cards and background on early interpreters of the cards. He provides enough "Divinatory Meanings" and a couple of spreads that you COULD use this book to learn the cards and (sort of) how to use them, but this book is really of more interest to the "serious" student of the Tarot who is looking for historic insights and history.

Another "difficulty" in this book is the language itself. It is a combination of Edwardian English, "scholarly" style, and occult terminology that can make it somewhat daunting to read. To this end, the books by Eden Gray preserve much of Waite's thoughts and interpretations but are written in a much more approachable literary style.
Aria Aria
A couple of words about where I am coming from in this review: I have been studying the Tarot and doing readings for over 25 years. It is important to note that the Tarot is, for me, a never-ending study. As such I always have a few decks and a couple of books with me. With the Kindle app on my phone, I always have "The Pictorial Guide to the Tarot" with me.

While Waite's own words are really where most of the more recent works on the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot have their roots, many others have surpassed this work in several ways.

First, I will say that I do believe that The Pictorial Key To The Tarot (Illustrated) should be a part of every Tarot student's library. He is the creator of one of the most popular Tarot decks available today (if not THE most popular when you count in the many reworkings of the original images, such as the Centennial, Radiant, Universal, etc). In fact, a search of the "most popular Tarot decks" returns list after list, almost all of which will put the RWS, if not first, then within the top three. The RWS or one of it's direct variants, is the deck I most often recommend to anyone who wishes to start learning the Tarot. This is because of the availability of the deck as well as tons of resources for learning the deck. It is because of this popularity that I do recommend Waite's "Pictorial Key" as a part of a person's Tarot library.

Now, having said that. I do NOT recommend this book as a first reference for someone beginning their Tarot studies. A. E. Waite's "Pictorial Key" was kind of directed at people who were already members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and thus, already had some mystical training and some understanding of the Tarot. As such, this book may address topics in a way that expects the reader to already have some prior grasp of certain aspects of the material. In fact, Tarot divination was one of the topics taught to initiates of the order. So, Waite had an expectation that a person reading "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot" would have that basic understanding.

I do believe, though, that "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot" should be a part of every student's study because it is the initial reference to the RWS Tarot. If you have begun to study Tarot and have, perhaps, worked through the "Little White Book" ("LWB") or other very basic book or pamphlet, and you want to know what some of the symbols used in the images might mean, then this is a good, basic reference. Waite does not give a full in-depth explanation for every single symbol used, but he does explain many which can give us a guide to interpreting many aspects of a card we might not see otherwise.

But there are gaps as well. A famous example of a "gap" is Waite's famous statement on putting "Strength" at VIII and "Justice" at XI; "For reasons which satisfy myself, this card has been interchanged with that of justice, which is usually numbered eight. As the variation carries nothing with it which will signify to the reader, there is no cause for explanation." In other places he just does not explain things which would be helpful to some. An example of this would be on Trump XX "Judgement", where we see tall, snow-capped peaks in the background - we know they are symbolic of something (almost everything in every image is), but he does not mention them.

Still, it is good to read Waite's own words on the meanings and symbolism of the cards he designed along with Pamela Coleman Smith. Seeing his own vision can help to give us deeper understanding of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. But I do find that it is best used as an addition to the other sources I'm using for my continuing studies. When I combine it with works by Rachel Pollack, Mary K. Greer and Eden Gray, it helps to answer questions I might have as well as adding further dimensions to my understanding of the Tarot.

Some further notes on the Kindle edition; I purchased the Kindle edition of "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot" for the convenience of always having a Tarot reference with me. The ease of searching for terms, as well as having the interactive table of contents available at a touch is invaluable when using it during my studies. Of course, with the Kindle app, it is also very easy to highlight a word, phrase or passage in the book as well as being able to add brief notes along with those highlights. This particular Kindle edition does have color images of the cards in the appropriate section, so that's another plus. Although those images are fairly small on my cell phone.

Overall, I really do love the Kindle edition of this book. I love the convenience of having it to hand any time that I need to look something up. The things that bring this down from 5-stars for me is the small card images, but it does at least have the images. Then too, just the work itself - Many of Waite's write-ups on the cards are a little hard to follow, plus you have to look at three separate sections of the book to see everything about each card. But, it is still an excellent resource and a good look at how Waite worked with each card.
Dolid Dolid
This book is THE reference for AE Waite's development of the modern standard tarot deck. You will gain insight into much of the symbolism he included in the deck. It's worth having in your library, but it is not a book for beginners. The Victorian writing style is dense and wordy; Waite carries on vendettas with other tarot writers with whom he disagrees (this can be humorous, though); and he often refers to aspects of the cards that weren't actually painted into the cards by his artist, Pamela Colman Smith. You will not find a lot of guidance here for actually reading a spread, and his definitions of the cards are necessarily old-fashioned (tall, dark stranger) as opposed to the more modern, intuitive, holistic approach. But if you need a quick reference to remind you what those 2 pillars beside the High Priestess represent, you can quickly find the answer here.
Araath Araath
You can't call yourself a serious student or afficionado of tarot and not own this book. I bought it used and thank the seller for keeping it in such great condition. This book is written in the personal voice of A.E. Waite. One must bear through many of his criticisms of other fellow esoterists and take them with a grain of salt. I gave it 5-stars as I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will re-read as often as I feel like. I think you will find Mr. Waite's synicism of providing 'divinatory meanings' to cards entertaining. I would have never known otherwise. If you want to learn a lot about the RWS tarot deck, purchase this book. There are other very good books regarding the RWS model, but this one is as original as its' going to get. A.E. Waite provides methods/intsructions for spreads towards the end of this work. I've noticed how others have called Waite's writing style as 'stuffy/boring' however, I did not find it 'boring' at all. Perhaps I am partial to intellectual bantor.